Latest COVID-19 reporting

Montana coronavirus report

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact the U.S. and Montana, we’ll provide regular updates with the latest news and information. Figures and information are accurate at the time of publication.


As of Monday, October 19, Montana reports a cumulative total of 23,390 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 569 new cases since yesterday, 9,611 active cases, and 13,538 patients considered recovered. State officials also report that 1,010 of the cases have resulted in hospitalizations, with 339 patients currently hospitalized. There have been 241 Montana deaths attributed to the disease. The state’s official dashboard is here, and more information on the numbers reported by the state is here.

Yellow-shaded counties on the map have seen at least one documented COVID-19 case. Orange-shaded counties are currently above the four-active-case threshold for the mask mandate enacted July 15.


The vaccine moonshot

From the University of Montana to the Pentagon, scientists nationwide are searching for the ultimate defense against COVID-19. But one vaccine won’t save everyone, and the race raises unprecedented ethical questions.

Double bind

Tribal leaders have worked to keep the coronavirus off their reservations because of its deadly impact on Native populations. But careful avoidance of the virus has handcuffed the tribes as they face a devastating fire season.

‘A summer like no other’

The 2020 summer season amplified age-old questions about how Glacier National Park and surrounding areas can handle increasing popularity.

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Lawmakers spar over legislative rules

Republican lawmakers from the Joint Senate and House Rules Committee met Thursday in an unusual effort to propose changes to legislative rules before the 2021 session. Democratic lawmakers boycotted the meeting, insisting that it was illegitimate.

Telemedicine and Montana’s digital divide

Since launching in March, Telehealth Access for Seniors has raised $85,000 and donated 1,900 devices — some brand-new — to seniors and low-income people in 26 states. Alongside cofounder Aakshi Agarwal, Hannah’s classmate at Yale, Arjun and Hannah have coordinated the efforts of 315 volunteers, mostly students.

COVID goes to college

Both the University of Montana and Montana State have set up symptomatic testing on campus for students, faculty and staff, but neither school is offering asymptomatic surveillance testing — a strategy that some other schools are using to help control the virus.


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